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Strangers in the Senate: Politics and the New Revolution of Women in America Barbara Boxer

Strangers in the Senate: Politics and the New Revolution of Women in America

Barbara Boxer

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ISBN : 9781882605163
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Politics is no longer only a mans game. For the first time in history women are finally significant players in the political game. Called by some the Womens Iwo Jima, the photograph on the cover of this book shows then-Congresswoman Barbara BoxerMorePolitics is no longer only a mans game. For the first time in history women are finally significant players in the political game. Called by some the Womens Iwo Jima, the photograph on the cover of this book shows then-Congresswoman Barbara Boxer leading the march up the Senate steps that initiated the greatest womens revolution since the 1960s. Pressure from Boxer and other women leaders forced the Anita Hill sexual harassment hearings into being and catapulted women into the forefront of American politics. Strangers in the Senate is the inside story of that phenomenal revolution, told by Senator Barbara Boxer, one of its principal warriors. Senator Boxer reveals how Anita Hills allegations tapped into the sexual harassment of American women, including female members of Congress - and how Americans began voting for women in numbers never before equalled. She depicts a momentous change in voters attitudes - a transformation that more than tripled the number of women in the Senate in the space of a single year. With characteristic warmth, humor and intelligence, Boxer provides illuminating insights into her life as a woman in politics, letting the reader share in her many struggles and victories. She describes the discouragement she felt on the campaign trail, as people slammed doors in her face, telling her to stay home and raise her children, or underestimated her talents because she was a woman. But she also relates the deep pride she takes in knowing that she can make a difference in issues from sexual harassment to freedom of choice to gun control. Her legislation in her decade-long career as Representative from California, and now Senator, has left an indelible imprint on American society. In Strangers in the Senate, Boxer writes forthrightly of her personal experiences - of her own painful case of sexual harassment by a college professor, of the friend of her sons who was killed as a result of lax gun-control policies - and, as a mother, of her in